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Child support not a punishment for parents that must pay

47614125_s.jpgA recent study estimates that the cost of raising a child in the United States can exceed $230,000. Missouri parents probably have no trouble believing this number because the cost of living continues to rise and people worry about how to provide everything their child needs. In cases where a child's parents maintain separate households, it is not unusual for a court to order child support payments.

Unusual child support case raises eyebrows

139798554_s.jpgMissouri parents understand that it is important to do their best to fulfill court-ordered financial obligations to a child. Child support payments are a way to ensure that even in cases where both parents share the expenses involved with raising a child even if they maintain separate households. If a parent fails to make these payments, he or she can face legal penalties like fines and even jail time. 

Frustrating delays may affect child support cases

28241259_s.jpgMissouri families are busy preparing for the holidays, but for some parents, stress over ongoing court cases may put a damper on things. Nonpayment of child support is considered a crime, and when a parent falls so behind that the state decides to prosecute, the parent that owes the balance might exercise his or her right to be represented by a public defender. Unfortunately, there is a growing back log of such cases across the state. 

Are you properly informed about child support laws?

39310128_s.jpgMissouri state Rep. Jim Murphy, from Oakville, recently joined other legislators and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft to discuss various topics currently occupying state lawmakers. The town hall style gathering took place at Grant's View Library Branch in South St. Louis and aimed to engage the public. Rep. Murphy wanted to call attention to child support and the possible misinformation that currently has some residents confused. 

Missing child support payments is a roadblock for parents

37496308_S.jpgMissouri parents probably don't really calculate how much time is spent driving here and there. For most parents, driving to work, school or a grocery store is just part of the daily routine. With the holiday season approaching, families may be on the road more than ever, as extra travel and shopping are common in the coming months. Unfortunately, a parent may have to fork over the keys if he or she falls behind on child support payments. 

A new way for parents to pay child support

43250724_S.jpgSometimes, Missouri parents may feel like there aren't enough hours in a day. Between holding down a job, caring for children and maintaining a home, parents often look for time-saving mechanisms, such as online shopping or mobile bill paying. Now, parents might be excited to hear about a new way to make child support payments

Important facts to know regarding Missouri child support

130686561_S.jpgAs in most other states, many Missouri parents will likely divorce before the year ends. Children's best interests are always the court's main focus regarding custody and child support. It is critical that a parent clearly understands state laws and guidelines before filing a petition pertaining to such issues.

TransUnion takes action to help collect child support

15399330_S.jpgMissouri parents know how expensive it can be to raise a child, and many parents struggle to provide all the things a child needs. School will be starting soon, and extra expenses like school supplies, new clothes and money for extracurricular activities can leave a parent feeling frustrated. It is estimated that nearly 60% of custodial parents are not collecting the court-ordered child support payments they should be, and in many situations, it can be difficult to track down the other parent that has failed to pay. 

Falling behind on child support could result in loss of property

104482663_S.jpgThe state of Missouri has a handy system that matches residents to unclaimed property in their name. Unclaimed property is handled by the State Treasurer's office. Unclaimed property is not usually something people can hold or touch; rather, it is usually a bank account that was forgotten, a safety deposit box or other financial asset. Now, the state plans to use this system to help ease the problem of unpaid child support

Could moving affect your child support payments?

43696673_S.jpgMissouri parents know that, when it comes to taking care of a child, finances can become a concern. Especially in the summer months, when most children are not in school, the cost of raising a child can be a major stress that falls upon a parent. Many parents may have a child support order, which helps ensure that both parents contribute to a child's financial needs. 

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